|Health Factors:||Community Safety|
|Decision Makers:||Educators Employers & Businesses Nonprofit Leaders|
|Population Reach:||50-99% of WI's population|
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Examples of sport-specific safety equipment include mouth guards, easy release baseball bases, ankle taping, helmets for ATVs, snowmobiles, rollerblades and bicycles.
EPPI Centre-Youth 2007 finds sport-specific equipment effective in reducing injuries. For example, the use of custom-fitted mouthguards was found to reduce oral injuries in rugby and changes to the rules reduced very serious injuries in rugby and ice hockey. The use of protective equipment reduced injuries to players of football, use of belts benefited weightlifters, and eye/face protectors reduced squash injuries. For those with previous ankle sprains, ankle supports and taping were beneficial in reducing future sprains (in soccer and other sports, such as basketball). Specially designed baseball bases which come away from the ground easily when players slide into them were also effective in lowering injury rates.